ESD at the Rooftop Solar Conference 2024

On 14th June we were proud to speak at the inaugural Rooftop Solar Conference 2024. Organised by The Centre for the South, the conference explored the vital role rooftop solar energy plays in achieving net zero, tackling the climate crisis and protecting the landscapes and green spaces of Hampshire. Ollie Pendred from Community Energy South […]

Future Energy Landscapes in Alton

Energise South Downs, along with Energy Alton and Alton Climate Action Network, hosted a Future Energy Landscapes workshop in Alton on 15th May ’24 to attendees from the local area, including some district and town councillors.  It gave participants an opportunity to consider what Alton’s local energy needs are, what aspects of their local community […]

Future Energy Landscapes on Shine Radio

Ten new workshops taking place across the South Downs Supported by East Hampshire District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority,  Energise South Downs are hosting a roadshow of workshops to discover the types and scale of renewable energy that could meet the needs of local people. Drawing on data and research attendees will […]

Parliamentary Debate – Empowering Community Energy

On 28th November – Power for People (Steve Shaw) hosted the Parliamentary event ‘Empowering Community Energy’ in Portcullis House. The speakers Selaine Saxby MP – Chair of the Community All Party Parliamentary Group. Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Energy Security and Wera Hobhouse MP Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change and Transport, spoke […]

Young Green Briton Challenge

Energise South Downs Director Catriona Cockburn joined the Volunteers for the Future team to help deliver The Young Green Briton Challenge at The Petersfield School. Led by Paul Turner from the Ministry of Eco Education this initiative empowers students aged 11-14 to create entrepreneurial solutions for local climate and sustainability issues. The innovative ideas from […]

The Petersfield school install 110KW of solar PV on their roof top

An amazing achievement by The Petersfield School who have installed 110KW of Solar PV with the potential to meet a third of their energy needs while reducing carbon emissions. TPS is passionate about decarbonising, it has been great to support them through this process while working alongside Basingstoke Energy Services Co-operative and EHDC.

Future Energy Forum

Energise South Down’s recent Future Energy Forum held in the theatre at Bedales school was a great success with more than 200 attendees. Members of the local community came to learn about the challenges and opportunities with the UK’s journey to net zero. See the Future Energy Forum recording in 5 parts here. After a brief introduction by […]

Solar for Village Halls – Payback Scenario

Village halls are an interesting case with the following characteristics: The low power usage means these are not a typically advantageous case for solar. However, EV charging may be quite a critical element in the viability of an installation. Not many villages are curently well provided with EV charge points and the confidence of publicly […]

Regenerate South Conference

Good to network with the private and public sector at the Regenerate South Conference to introduce Community Energy and highlight the importance of putting clean energy at the heart of innovative proposals for regeneration and key economic developments. A panel discussion raised the issues of the national grid infrastructure holding up major renewable projects. Locally […]